The Best New Tablets Today

Tablets are not dead. They may not be the most exciting products these days but for Huawei, they are a growing business.  Huawei, a Chinese networking giant, argues that they are the third largest tablet maker in the world. The company unveiled two new tablets under the MediaPad brand at the Mobile World Congress Press Conference in Barcelona.

MediaPad M5 Design and Specs

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The MediaPad M5 tablets come in two sizes, 8.4 and 10.8 inches. The prices start at 349 and 399 Euro. The smaller and the larger tablet have the same specs with 2560×1600 displays, Kirin 960 octa-core processors, 4 GB RAM and either 32, 64, or 128 GB of storage. 8 MP front camera and 13 MP rear camera, including a fingerprint sensor. They also offer SD card expansion slot up to 256 GB.

The models will run Android 8.0 with EMUI 8.0. It is a major upgrade from the MediaPad M3’s Nougat-based firmware, they feature custom Desktop Mode, auto-tuned by Harmon Kardon, Hi-Res when connected to the wired headset.

All tablets have metal bodies and WQXGA screens with 2.5D curved glass, the world’s first. The displays are optimized with Huawei’s ClariVu 5.0 display technology which makes the video clear.

The tablets are available in Space Gray and Mystic Silver. They come with the ambient light sensor, built-in microphone, and Huawei Histen stereo sound effect, Nano-SIM card slot for LTE and Wi-Fi capabilities.  MediaPad M5 features LTE, 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 and 9V/2A travel charger and 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter.

The MediaPad M5 excels with multimedia which includes video playback and could read comics. The viewing angles are superb. The IPS LCD screen is sharp and bright. The colors are also saturated.

MediaPad M5 Sound

The sound has a high quality. The larger version has four speakers, and the smaller version has two speakers, one on top and the other at the bottom.

MediaPad M5 Battery

The smaller model has 5,100 mAh battery that is good for 11 hours of 1080p video. And it can be charge from drain to full in just two hours. The bigger ones have 7,500 mAh batteries but has a shorter battery life of 10 hours because of the backlight requirements. It can be used up to 10 hours of 1080p video, and 3 hours of charging.

MediaPad M5 10.8”

It has adopted the features of a laptop. The bottom of the tablet has pogo pins for a hard connection to a QWERTY keyboard.

MediaPad M5 Pro

There is also a third version.  MediaPad M5 Pro which features the same specs as the M5 but with the new Huawei’s M-Pen. The pen features 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and supports tilting and shading. The Pro will also support detachable keyboard and offers a desktop view with expanded file management features.

Display 10.8 inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) IPS 10.8 inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) IPS 8.4 inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) IPS
System-on-Chip HiSilicon Kirin 960 HiSilicon Kirin 960 HiSilicon Kirin 960
RAM 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB
Storage 64 GB/ 128 GB+ microSD card ( up to 256 GB) 32 GB/64 GB/128 GB+ microSD card ( up to 256 GB) 32 GB/64 GB/128 GB+ microSD card ( up to 256 GB)
Rear Camera 13 MP 13 MP 13 MP
Front Camera 8 MP 8 MP 8 MP
Connectivity LTE/ WiFi LTE/ WiFi LTE/ WiFi
Battery 7,500 mAh 7,500 mAh 5,400 mAh
Software Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo

The Tablets’ other features include Eye Comfort Mode that reduces blue light exposure, USB Type- C connector, physical Home buttons, and Huawei quick charge.